Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 4,781
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glossy black pour with a inch and a half mocha head reducing moderately into larga magma like bubbles and thin sicky lacing.

An aboslutely astonishing chocolate aroma. Thick sweet hershey's syrup aroma. Both milk and dark chocolate aroma with a very small underlying of vanilla, caramel and black fruits. However the chocolate aroma really drowns all else out.

First off how did Southern Tier get this chocolate flavor out of this beer, wow!! Thick creamy delectable dark chocolates with whipped cream flavors, melted caramel, hints of bing cherry, vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa, and hints of mollasses. Sweet through the mid palate and the entrance of the finish but a nice hop bitterness rounds things out at the end leaving a hop bitterness and dark tannic chocolate linger.

This may be hard to drink many of because of the sweetness on the mid palate and a slight burn in the chest. But damn is it tasty.

Curious of the ageability of this brew. I just really can't see it getting any better. However I think this could be cellared for a few years and not lose any of its luster.
Amazing the beers this brewery has been putting out. Southern Tier is completely kicking ass with its high ABV beers. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with almost no head to speak of, just a light ring around the glass. The smell is of brownie batter; milk & dark chocolate and some cocoa. Wow, this is like drinking liquid brownies, a chocolate soda or a candy bar. Big chocolate taste with some roasted and woodsy notes. The feel is not as thick as expected, more on the moderate side. The carbonation is fairly soft and finishes with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Probably the best chocolate brew I have tried. A real dessert brew here. (549 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Evanston 1st Liquors for $7.49. No decipherable expiration date listed.

Pours from a bomber into a small snifter, as recommended on the bottle. Only leaves a little ring of head around the glass, which goes away. Microscopic bubbles at the edges. Color is completely opaque black, with slight hints of golden brown and ruby at the edges.

The chocolate fragrance is big, dwarfing beers that I used to think really smelled like chocolate. I can't help but think I would get more out of it if I was able to induce some sort of head. For such a dark beer, I wasn't expecting the nose to be so sweet. Reminds me of Canfield's Chocolate Soda that I used to have as a kid, more than any other kind of chocolate I can recall. Also sort of like a 3 Musketeers. (I'm not too familiar with the fine stuff.) Some milky, mocha hints. Dark chocolate is buried a bit further down, with some dark malts. Also some really faint molasses and smoke. Smells delicious, but not terribly complex. Rather than a balanced blend of aromas, there's a hierarchy from strongest on down. Still very inviting, though.

Chocolate taste, obviously, but there's definitely more darkness on the palate than the nose. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness here. Nice use of Chinook and Willamette hops to enhance the bitterness of the dark chocolate, without being "hoppy." Someone not familiar with beer could easily be deceived into thinking they were just getting dark chocolate. Hop character is more present on the finish though. Caramel malts, some nuttiness and molasses come through more as this warms. Flavor is strong, but not over the top, or too sweet. Southern Tier's recommended temperature of 48 seems way too low, as I'm picking up more in the nose and palate the longer it sits out.

Mouthfeel is delicate; slightly thin. The fine carbonation makes this one soft, not fizzy. Not what I would expected from a stout. A little more creaminess would have been good. Alcohol on the tongue is nearly non-existent. Finish is a little sticky. Once my initial expectations get out of my way, I come to really like the silky mouthfeel here.

Drinkability is terrific. I wanted to chug this straight out of the bottle, and it took some restraint to not actually do so. Very pleasantly warming on the way down. Way too easy to drink a bomber, but probably is better served for 3-4 people due to the high abv. This is all I'll be having tonight, and I am very sad to see the last sip go.

Would be excellent to serve to guests in 5-6 oz. dessert servings, maybe with some blackberries, raspberries, or cherries. Cheesecake would be a good choice too.

A note to Southern Tier: Please, please, please bourbon barrel age this beer. I shudder to think how good that would be.

Edit: I have to give the smell a 5 after revisiting this beer. So unique. (2,838 characters)

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temperature.

Deep dark brown liquid with a head of large soapy bubbles of dark beige color. Substantive aroma of milk chocolate, dark malt and vanilla.

Rich flavors of milk chocolate, very big flavor, very rich but not overpowering. Accented with hints of burnt espresso and sharp dark chocolate. Some plum and licorice emerge in the finish, just a bit of alcoholic liquor warmth. Some hop bitters rise up and linger on the pallete.

Smooth mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation, but very silky. Amazing beer, very chocolatey, good in front of the fire with some Ferraro Rocher chocolates. (630 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber botttle from spacecoyote. Thanx mate.

A: Black, deep dark black, with crimson edges, and a small coffee coloured head of foam that dies down to just a small halo after a minute or so. Minimal spotty lacing

S: Chocolate,like hot cocoa, and chocolate vapors. Roasted malt in there as well and a slight faint hop bitterness in the back palate.

T: Taste is like a melted cadbury bar, seriously. Roasted malt and butterscotch are also there with a tiny bit of coffee, but make no mistake about it, this one is all about the chocolate.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich but not too overboard.

D: Good but this sweet chocolate after dinner beer should be a nightcap. A session would be too intense and put me in a diabetic coma (731 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! What a stunning beer! I've had chocolate beers before, but never one that tasted as much like drinking chocolate as this one!

That said, it's more of a dessert beer, nightcap, or slow-sipper. I really enjoyed my 10 oz. serving at the bar, but I wouldn't have wanted a second one.

Beyond that it's really well made. The head had good retention for a beer of 11% abv, and although the alcohol made an appearance it was actually quite welcome at times amidst the rich and malty dark chocolate flavor. It's not complex, but it is rich!

A little on the sweet side. Very chocolatey! (585 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wonderfully intense beer. It pours very dark in color. Pretty much black but in the light theres a little brown. The foam was dark brown as well. Not much in the way of retention or lacing though.

The smell was mostly of dark chocolate but if you look for it there is a bit of roasted malts in there. The taste is about the same but even more intense than the aroma. The taste is awsome and its so strong that the next couple of beers that I poured into the same pint glass still tasted and smelled like dark chocolate. I assumed that the bitterness I tasted was from the high abv but I guess it could have come from the hops. As far as alcohol flavor goes, theres pretty much none in this beer.

Great beer, next year I'm going to make sure and order a case of this stuff as well as the pumking. Very sweet, very smooth, very delicious, just not drinkable in large quantities. (890 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown in color with about an inch of head. Smell is bakers chocolate and nothing more. Taste is much the same, chocolate domination. Kind of a creamy milkshake flavor. Tasted alot like fudge brownie mix powder. Absolutely no sign of the ABV whatsoever. Decent mouthfeel. But it's just an alright beer. I'll stick with the Jah-va and the Oat which are MUCH better beers. (382 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: dark dark deep murky almost black/brown with a murky dark brown head.

S: like you stuck your head inside of a room covered with melted hershey bars dusted with hershey cocoa.

T: exactly as it smells, taste like chocolate with a little bitter cocoa from the hops which you really dont even realize is there. chocolate.

M: very thick and chewey, little oil on the tongue after it slowly rolls over it and down the hatch.

D: if you are a chocolate fan and sweet beer fan then you can drink this until you are sick, not drunk sick but sick from eating too many sweets. Unfortunately, I am not a sweet beer fan so the 4oz "test try" was more than enough to fill my needs for a night cap. (691 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an good thick, black brew with very dark brown highlights. No head what so ever. The aroma is just like brownies, bitter, bitter brownies. he aste is just awesome as well. Dark chocolate brownies, with light mix of hops. Lots of cacao , with some mild hints of milky cream. Great before bed beer with its silky smooth chocolate malts. Just sickeningy sweet, but I love it. (378 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial reaction towards this beer that I've always heard great things about is that I've never encountered a more authentic, richly-flavored chocolate stout... in terms of quality, flavor and true essence, this one is where it's at... The rich, thick, creamy chocolate flavor absolutely dominates this beer to the greatest extent possible... Front of the bottle states "A Stout brewed with chocolate"... that seems like somewhat of an understatement because this beer is completely loaded with chocolate... Nice, dark, jet-black ebony appearance with minimal reddish-tan head... smell is likewise dominated by a strong dark, burnt-chocolate essence along with cocoa and espresso nuances... The flavor is dominated by rich, roasted malts, dark-latte, and sugared flavors... Southern Tier did exceptionally well with this one... Mouthfeel was creamy, thick, and rich, and drinkability only took a hit due to the hefty 11% ABV... Good stuff... Definitely recommended... (970 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a tiny, tiny beige head that, regardless of being so tiny, was rather short-lived.

Smell: Incredibly chocolatey! Sweet-smelling aroma of luscious chocolate ganache with a hint of vanilla and roast.

Taste: Incredibly chocolatey! Initially, I was worried this beer might fail to deliver like some other chocolate stouts have in the past, but this is NOT the case. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate, and cocoa stitched together with vanilla notes, some roastiness, and a touch of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Tremendously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very lovely imperial stout pumped up with chocolatey goodness. 11% but still an ease to drink. (744 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is crazy good. CRAZY GOOD I say. Beautiful deep brown color with a nice tan head. No light getting through this guy. Smells like an earthy milk chocolate... nutella or hershey's comes to mind, maybe even yoohoo, with some vanilla in the background.

Tastes more bitter than it smells, which I prefer. Definitely some espresso bean flavor, a little smokyness. A bit of a nutty flavor. The alcohol is not at all overwhelming, and the hops balance everything out pretty spiffy. Mouthfeel is perrrfect. Full, smooth, bubbly, chewy.

Overall this is a yummy brew. Still a bit too sweet for me, but very good all around. Cheers Souther Tier. (646 characters)

Photo of HopHottie
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was smooth. The color was an enriched dark brown. A little head to the brew, an off white frothy color. Both of which I look for in a dark brew. The smell is as if you melted a chocolate bar and just poured it into the bottle.
Very sweet and inviting.
Starts off with a sweetness and than the Pop of the chocolate flavor. The sweet chocolate flavor is than replaced by the bitterness of the chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth not to big. Just can't explain it any more than chocolate goodness.
I find this brew to be very drinkable. I believe that southern tier really nailed this brew. It isn't over powering in the alcohol, which does make it a "trouble making brew." A great after dinner beer but also one that is a great treat during the winter season. (766 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber. Snifter glass.

A - No complaints here. Split a bomber with my buddy before and now pouring it into a snifter. Pitch black. A nice finger thick head that's egg shell color. Very nice.

S - Smells like chocolate. It is what it adverstises. On the nose it comes straightforward as old school Hershey Syrup, but also hassome dark chocolate smell. Really sweet, and completely head on chocolate on the nose.

T - What more to say. Comes through with some initial sweetness. Continues with a TON of chocoalate flavor, leads to a tiny burnt character but follows through with chocolate flavor to the finish.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium to full body lends itself to a TON of chocolate flavor.

D - Simply indescribable. I could see this beer getting someone in trouble (IE too Drunk) as it tastes so smooth and chocolatey and the alcohol is well hidden. As it is, a great chocolate sipper, either after dinner or just because. Great beer from Southern Tier. (969 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of vwcraig. Dark black color, egg-shell colored head which is less than minimal. First smell was like opening a hershey bar and then cracking it in half. Subsequent sniffs give off tootsie rolls and cocoa powder. The taste is very good if you like chocolate milkshakes! I can't taste the alcohol which is good since it is high! Overall, if you are looking for a dessert beer or just have a sweet tooth, this one is for you. (439 characters)

Photo of BACTAdam
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First let me begin by saying I am not a fan of most Southern Tier products. That said, Choklat is easily one of the best beers I've EVER tasted. This brew, while not the most complex beer in the world, is exactly what the name implies. If you like chocolate, it's not possible to dislike this beer!

Pours pitch black but not particularly heavy with a very thin, bubbly tan head. The smell is all chocolate, dark chocolate with a tinge of alcohol. The taste, well, what can I say? It's like drinking a melted quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate bar (think Lindt or Godiva). This is serious chocolate!! It's that simple yet incredibly wonderful. It's only slight downfall is it's not the type of beer you're going to be drinking a lot of but isn't that the case for most extreme or big beers? (792 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Brown with a light brown head that lasts and lasts as a thin skim.

Aroma: Boozy and bitter dark chocolate. Tootsie roll like sweet chocolate too.

Taste: Chocolate dominates, making up perhaps 90 plus percent of the profile. Touches of roasted malt and crème fill in the rest.

Mouthfeel: Boozy but only lightly burning, bittersweet, fairly full bodied but still surprisingly light considering the abv.

Drinkability: Not good at all for me. This is too tootsie roll like and one dimensional for my tastes. I have a hard time drinking this in any serious quantity. Good for what it is trying to be though. (624 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black but lets a little light through if held up to the light. Tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is Chocolate with a capitol C. Smells more like hershey's syrup than an imperial stout. I pickup some dark chocolates as well. Taste follows the smell, but adds some alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is smooth velvety creamy. Has an almost artificial chocolate aftertaste. Great brew. I couldn't drink to many of these, its a bit sweet, but great dessert drink. (463 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier- Choklat

A- Deep thick black with a small solid head.
S- HUGE chocolate aroma. You can smell this 1 before lifting it up from the bar! Thick fudge, milk chocolate, and chocolate icing!
T- Big sweet milk chocolate, cool whip/ whipped cream, and spongy chocolate cake.
M- Sweet, sweet, sweet, with a creamy smooth finish.

Overall- Damn good dessert beer! I could only drink 1, maybe 2 of these but this was quite the treat! (437 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Franksandbeans for this motha
L:The head reminds me of all those nestle quick chocolate milks I made as a kid. One finger. The color itself is dark as night with no light to be seen at all while looking through..
S: The most over powering smell of all is that sweet milk chocolate.
T:Oh sweet lord was this good. Like biting in to a thick rich chocolate bar. It almost melts in yout mouth it is so chocolate.
M:Oh so rich and thick. Very round and incredibly deliscious. Very mouth pleasing.
D:Definitely one of the best chocolate stouts I have had. Like a chocolate cake. (591 characters)

Photo of Monsone
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a Sam Adams glass. Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A - Pours thick and dark black. Nice tannish brown head that fades to a small layer leaving a coating/lace on the glass

S - Actually reminds me of Chicago. The smell is similar to when the wind is right and you can catch wiffs of the Blommer Chocolate Factory. So anyway, big cocoa powder smells. Like a freaking Hershey bar. There is a bit of alcohol in the back too.

T - Wow, okay... This is a desert beer for sure. Tastes like a rich chocolaty, boozy concotion. I don't know if I have had a beer that tastes quite like this. Similar to the way some fruit beers cover up the "beer" flavor the choco dominates the normal stout flavors.

M - Smooth and creamy all the way. Coats the mouth well.

D - Now this is a good beer, but the second half of the bomber was hard on my own. This beer NEEDS to be shared.

Overall, this is a very good stout. It is more of a dessert beer so keep that in mind. This beer is a chocolate lovers wet dream. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.49 for a 22oz bomber at Merchant's. 11% ABV per the label. OG=27d Plato. Brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel 60, barley flakes,chocolate malt, bittersweet Beglain chocolate, and hopped with Chinook and Willamette. Pours to a clear near-black...not oily and shiny, but near black, requiring a firm pour to achieve a medium sized soapy and pancakey head which quickly recedes and leaves little lace. Carbonation level is mild. The aroma is very much liquid tootsie roll, even more so than the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. There's not a whole lot more to pick up in the nose besides the chocolate. Reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate bock in the nose. The mouthfeel is big, chewy, slick and oily with a big dense body. The of melted milk chocolate. The bitterness is very mild and there is very little competition to the chocolate. There is a subtle taste which tells you this is beer, but it's not readily apparent. A little cola-like in the finish, like a chocolate cola.

While chocolate beer doesn't readily appeal to me, this is definitely the best one I've tasted so far. This is a real treat, and I wish Ihad someone to share it with, as a 22oz bomber by myself is going to be a chore. Despite how rich and intense it is, it's drinkability is pretty good. It' certainly doesn't drink like an 11% ABV brew. I would have this one again, and would recommend it to others. Nice job Southern Tier! (1,419 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in a snifer, light foamy head that laced perfectly down the glass. Looks damn good.

This is the best thing I have smelled in a very long time. This is what it would smell like in a chocolate factory when you are hungry. Sweet chocolate, followed by some alcohol make the aroma good enough to open this.

Tastes light a semi/bittersweet chocolate bar mixed up with some malt and alcohol. Not enough alcohol to burn, just to let you know it is there. Starts sweet ends bitter and makes you want another swig with the almost German chocolate cake aftertaste.

The feel is good, I just wish it were a little thicker and chewier. Everything else is proper.

I like this one a lot. This is the best dessert beer I have had. I am sure there are better ones out there, but this is the best I have had. Perfect mix of chocolate and beer. Offer this before me if I ever become a god. (893 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There was a weak hiss when the bottle was opened. It looked viscous during the pour and produced a very thin skim of fine, tan bubbles. A thin collar produced spotty lacing. The beer itself was very dark and opaque. The aroma was big on milk and semisweet chocolate, sort of like chocolate liqueur. Smells like dessert. A bit of roast as it warmed. Semisweet chocolate flavour dominates, bitterness is well balanced and there's light alcohol that appears towards the finish. Light roasty notes were present, along with a bit of malty caramel. There was a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Full bodied with fine carbonation, definitely on the low side. Mild warmth, nice texture, very smooth. This stuff goes down so easy it's ridiculous. The only thing slowing me down is that I know it's 11%. I'd never guess it was that high. Great stuff! (841 characters)

Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.